White-crested helmetshrike

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White-crested helmetshrike
White Helmetshrike.jpg
White-crested Helmetshrike Prionops plumatus.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vangidae
Genus: Prionops
P. plumatus
Binomial name
Prionops plumatus
(Shaw, 1809)

The white-crested helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus), also known as the white helmetshrike, is a species of passerine bird in the Vanga family Vangidae, formerly usually included in the Malaconotidae.

Lake Nakuru National Park - Kenya

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.


It is a gregarious bird and is found in small, active parties that are always on the move as they forage among the foliage or on the ground. They chatter noisily to one another as they move through their territory.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Prionops plumatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22707753A94136454. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22707753A94136454.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Kenya Birds

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